Brods demolish York 38-0
Report by Richard Turner
Brods celebrated winning Yorkshire League Div 1 in style with a polished and complete all round performance. With the sun on their backs , a firm playing surface and an enthusiastic crowd swelled by the visiting juniors of Caldy the Woodhead men completely dominated the game in terms of both possession and territory. The home team simply needed to win the game to secure the championship, if the unthinkable was to happen and Brods lost the fixture, Bridlington second in the league could steal the title if they were winners at home to Glossop but required a points difference of over 69 points. At the end of the day Brid did win by 66-0 but Brods were in no mood to leave anything to chance with a complete display.
The game opened with Brods playing down hill against a stiff breeze and the first chance fell to Tom Hanson who was supporting his second row partner Matt Willis however the ball fell to ground with the line beckoning. During the early exchanges Standeven , Clay and Matty Hoyle all featured in attacks and it was James Marshall who opened the account following a blind side break by the increasingly influential Danny Melia . Marshall finished clinically in the corner leaving Captain Oliver Akroyd with a difficult conversion from the touchline. Akroyd who struck the ball well all afternoon converted and Brods were up and running after 20 minutes play.
Making his league debut Liam Scott was controlling the game well from the fly half position and his distribution skills and intelligent kicking kept the visitors on the back foot. Liam is another product of the Brods youth system. 44 players have featured in the first team this season and the club has been able to maintain their championship challenge despite a crippling injury list due to their great strength in depth.
Luke Scrimshaw at No 8 was becoming increasingly dominant and as the pressure built in the visitors 22 he stood in the tackle and released Callum Thompson. There was no stopping the powerful prop forward who crashed over the line to extend the lead and leave Akroyd with a simple conversion under the posts. The back row combinations have been a feature all season of the free flowing rugby that Brods enjoy and again Ben Hoyle , Akroyd and Scrimshaw were providing the vital links between forward and back play. Matt Willis who was having a strong game in the second row had to leave the field with a serious shoulder injury as half time approached and was replaced by Oliver Hawkins. Akroyd extended the lead with three more points from a penalty to extend the lead 17-0 and half time.
The second half continued with Melia and Scott controlling the play behind the dominant Brods pack, Scott featured regularly, making a crunching tackle on the burly York centre and taking a superb high ball under great pressure whilst covering at full back. As Brod's grip on the match tightened Mcloughlin chased a hopeful kick to the corner and caught the York fullback in possession. The scrambled clearance was collected by Clay who immediately counter attacked and linked with Marshall who accelerated through the defenders and broke clear to score a great try 12 minutes into the second half. Akroyd again converted to extend the score and kill off any hopes York might have had of getting back into the game.
Ben Morrill left the field with a bleeding nose and a broken hand to be replaced by Daved Skinner. Brods dominance continued as the pack outplayed their opponents . Tom Hanson was unlucky to have a try disallowed as it was claimed the ball was not grounded however Brods constant pressure was rewarded when Callum Thompson again powered through the middle of the defence to crash over and provide another conversion for Akroyd in front of the posts. With the score now standing at 31-0 Brods were pressing for more and as Fowler chipped forward he was taken out by the fullback in what was a clear try scoring opportunity. The York fullback received a yellow card and the penalty was awarded. The Woodhead men retained possession and the ball moved cross field, as it was recycled Mclaughlin took a short ball on a great line and smashed through the defenders to score a fine try wide on the left. Akroyd maintained his 100% record with another superb conversion to crown a great all round display. Final Score 38-0.
The second team travelled to York and had a convincing 40-15 victory.
The Beaver's home fixture also resulted in a Brods victory with a further 40 points being accumulated.
Brods partied through the night as they celebrated the completion of another great season.
This was Brod's finest hour, with a home grown amateur team they have achieved two consecutive league championships that have put the Woodhead men into the new established North One East league next season. Fresh challenges await but the coaches players and management look forward confidently to again fielding four senior sides next season , three of whom will be playing league rugby and build on the success that the club has had across the board at every level this season.